In latest women's AP poll, Michigan slides one spot to No. 13

Detroit News staff and wires

The Michigan women’s basketball team had an up-and-down finish to the regular season.

As a result, the Wolverines dipped down one spot, to No. 13, in the latest Associated Press rankings, released Monday.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico.

The Wolverines (14-4, 9-4 Big Ten) closed their conference slate with two home games, starting with an 88-63 loss to then-No. 8 Maryland on Thursday. They bounced back with a 63-58 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

Michigan is the No. 4 seed in this week's Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis and received a double-bye into Thursday's quarterfinals.

Connecticut received 22 of 29 first-place votes to maintain its position at No. 1, ahead of Stanford, N.C. State, Texas A&M and South Carolina. Maryland and Indiana are Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, the two Big Ten schools ranked ahead of Michigan.

The final poll of the season will be released next Monday before the NCAA unveils the tournament bracket.

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AP Top 25

1. Connecticut (last week: 1), 23-1

2. Stanford (4), 25-2

3. N.C. State (3), 20-2

4. Texas A&M (2), 23-2

5. South Carolina (7), 22-4

6. Baylor (6), 21-2

7. Louisville (5), 23-3

7. Maryland (8), 21-2

9. Indiana (10), 18-4

10. UCLA (9), 16-5

11. Arizona (11), 16-5

12. Georgia (16), 20-6

13. Michigan (12), 14-4

14. Tennessee (14), 16-7

15. Arkansas (13), 19-8

16. Gonzaga (18), 21-3

17. West Virginia (20), 19-4

18. Kentucky (17), 17-8

19. Rutgers (24), 14-3

20. South Florida (15), 15-3

21. Missouri State (23), 20-2

22. Ohio State (22), 13-7

23. Oregon (19), 13-8

24. Florida Gulf Coast (NR), 23-2

25. South Dakota State (21), 21-3

Others receiving votes: Marquette 52, Stephen F Austin 34, Oregon State 22, Oklahoma State 15, Georgia Tech 11, Virginia Tech 10, Iowa 5, DePaul 5, UCF 2.